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Beth Caudill: A Writer’s Inspiration Begins at Home (Contest)
Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

UPDATE: The winner is…Colleen C!

Nearly twenty years ago, a white doe roamed the forests south of Raleigh, NC.  A true albino, the deer was a ghost bounding through the trees. She walked the miles around the protected lake, the pride and joy of the town in which she wandered.

But life is never safe. Humans paved roads, mowed down trees for houses, and children filled the air with their screams and squeals. One night the white deer tried to cross the road but never made it with her two babies.

This doe had been named the town mascot. As such it was a beloved member of the community. The town raised funds to stuff and eventually house the deer. Before a permanent home could be built, it was located in the local high school and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

In time, the deer returned to her natural habitat. But she still wasn’t safe. Vandals burned the structure and the deer’s body. Once again the town raised funds to repair the stuffed animal and eventually it found a home at the Nature Center in White Deer Park.

When my family bought our current house, we were told the tale of the White Deer. She became the inspiration for my Capricorn character in my final Zodiac Shifters story. There aren’t many myths surrounding red-tailed deer, but the White Stag is one of the most well-known.

Whether he is a part of the Fae’s Wild Hunt, the Guardian Protector of the forest, or a messenger of the Gods, the White Stag is very powerful. But what happens when humans cheat and use magic to hunt? Will the stag be able to outrun them, even injured? Find out in Sundered, the third and final story in my Willows Haven series.


For years, reluctant earth witch Daphne Lowe has feared the strength of her powers. When she loses control, people are harmed. She already ruined Deputy Sheriff Stanford Morgan’s life once, when their relationship ignited his dormant magical powers and turned him into the legendary white stag. Getting involved with him again would just hurt him more. She has to ignore her feelings for him, and hope that someday he’ll stop loving her too.

Except the paranormal sanctuary of Willows Haven needs Daphne and Stanford together—she must anchor the town’s mythical willow trees, and he serves as guardian. Only then will the town’s supernatural residents be safe from the outside world. Trapped together by a snowstorm, Daphne and Stanford have a second chance at happiness if they can resolve their past issues.

When a dark witch invades the town, a final test of their commitment emerges. To succeed, they’ll have to truly trust in each other and embrace the power of their love.

Can a second chance at love survive vengeance from the past?

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About the Author

Although Beth grew up in West Virginia, she currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, two sons and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who makes an excellent lap warmer. Blending the analytical and creative sides of her brain, she delights in creating fantasy worlds for others. She loves fairy tales, fantastical creatures, and stuffed animals.

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9 comments to “Beth Caudill: A Writer’s Inspiration Begins at Home (Contest)”

  1. Beth Caudill
    · December 30th, 2020 at 2:42 pm · Link

    Thank you for having me. I hope everyone has a safe New Year’s Eve.

  2. Colleen C.
    · December 30th, 2020 at 4:11 pm · Link

    I love Thumper… thanks for sharing about the white deer.

  3. bn100
    · December 30th, 2020 at 4:19 pm · Link


  4. Mary Preston
    · December 30th, 2020 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Thumper is my favorite.

    Interesting legend.

  5. Denise Fidler
    · December 30th, 2020 at 10:41 pm · Link

    I love Flower. I think it’s cute they have the skunk a pretty name!

  6. flchen1
    · December 31st, 2020 at 2:31 am · Link

    Friend Owl 🙂

  7. Debra Guyette
    · December 31st, 2020 at 6:10 am · Link

    I enjoy Flower. Love the name. I loved the story of the white deer.

  8. Beth Caudill
    · January 5th, 2021 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Thank you all for entering.

    Colleen C. is the giveaway winner. You should receive an email shortly.

    Happy Reading


  9. Jeanna Massman
    · January 5th, 2021 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Thumper is my favorite!

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